I always have such mixed feelings about things that involve school. I worked in one for almost 15 years so I tend to stand behind them. I’ve also gotten into a lot of “war of words” with other bloggers. This story here though has had me thinking. I personally feel it’s about way more than the pledge. I feel that us, as a country need to stand behind each other. If you don’t want to recite it, that’s fine but I feel you should stand. I feel it’s something that we, as a united front and country, all do together and that it bonds us somehow. Also at wartime, I feel it says thank you to our soldier’s.
Now I also agree that rules are rules and I find it so sad in today’s times that students, who are usually young kids, seem to question everything. I have two boys so nobody needs to tell me about kids breaking rules. Mine did from time to time and while there were times I didn’t always agree with the school, they severed whatever punishment they were handed. I felt if they knowingly broke a rule, it was up to them to pay the fine.
I hear all the time things like 3, 13 year old girls suspended for hurling missiles. Apparently word got out what these girls were planning to do so the principal warned them there would be serious consequences. Only three girls did it while giggling the entire time and then were “shocked” when they got into trouble and then their parents got mad at the school?!?! I know throwing food doesn’t sound like a big deal but I worked in a building at one point that had over 200 kids in one lunch period. Had everyone gotten into the act, it could have gotten very out of control and dangerous.
I find it sad when kids get into trouble at school and parents don’t take responsibility for it. I feel it sets the tone that kids can do what they want to do and therefore, don’t have to follow rules because mom and dad think the rule shouldn’t apply to “their kids.” We as adults have to follow the rules or laws. We can’t park where it says no parking. We can’t speed because we think the speed limit is to low so why do people feel they should be able to tell their kids that the school rules “don’t apply to them” or give them some other excuse to “express” themselves? I feel partly, that the rules of the school help the school run smoothly as well as teach children that there are also rules in life that we as people have to follow.
So fellow parents, would you argue with the school if your child got into trouble or broke school rules or would you make them pay the consequences?